Roshani Thakore (2nd Prize)
About the Artist
Roshani Thakore uses art to broaden an understanding of place, uncover histories, elevate voices, and expand a sense of belonging, all with the hope of reconstructing power. She uses her position to complicate, leverage, and advocate with people who have been marginalized to transform systems of oppression through political and community education and acts of resistance. Through organizing strategies, research, and conversations, she seeks to understand a site and its context, using her skills in collaboration with people or institutions to create work informed by all of the collaborators.
Since 2019, Roshani has been the Artist-in-Residence at the Asian Pacific Network of Oregon, a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice. Prior to this residency, her work has been supported by the Jade-Midway Creative Placemaking Projects Grant, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation’s School of Art + Design Grant (2018), the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Precipice Fund, SE Uplift, the Laurels Fellowship, and the Simon Benson Scholarship. She is a 2020 graduate of PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA program.
About the Prize
The Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prizes were created in 2013 with a gift from the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation to help raise awareness of the quality of art education at PSU and to honor the late Arlene Schnitzer, who was a devoted and inspired leader of art and culture in Portland.
1st Prize: $5500
2nd Prize $4000
3rd Prize $3000
Applications are accepted spring term.
About the Exhibition
Prize winners are honored with an awards celebration and an exhibition of their work at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at PSU.